Endeavour Episode, ARCADIA (Series 3, Episode 2): Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS.


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Where’s Colin?

Colin on the bench at around the one hour and 14 minute mark. Colin sitting on the bench chatting up a woman again.

Directed by Bryn HigginsThis is Bryn’s only connection to the Morse Universe.

Written by – Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by). Russell has written all the Endeavour episodes. He also wrote;

Lewis (TV Series) (screenplay – 4 episodes, 2010 – 2012) (story – 1 episode, 2006)
– Fearful Symmetry (2012) … (screenplay)
– Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things (2011) … (screenplay)
– Falling Darkness (2010) … (screenplay)
– The Dead of Winter (2010) … (screenplay)
– Reputation (2006) … (story)

He also wrote the Morse episode, ‘The Way Through the Woods’.

First broadcast in the UK on Jan 10, 2016.

Arcadia: Series three, episode two.

Arcadia refers to a vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature. The term is derived from the Greek province of the same name which dates to antiquity; the province’s mountainous topography and sparse population of pastoralists later caused the word Arcadia to develop into a poetic byword for an idyllic vision of unspoiled wilderness.


April 1967. The death of an artist in a horrendous house fire leaves Oxford City Police baffled as to the cause of the blaze. A housewife dies of a ‘tummy bug’ that has seen half of Chief Superintendent Bright’s men go on sick leave. Tainted food sold at a local supermarket, Richardson’s, and the blackmail of the wealthy owners who refuse to pay culminates in the kidnap of their daughter with a ransom demand from the dead artist. Morse strives to connect these elements to solve the deaths and kidnapping. WPC Shirley Trewlove joins the police station and in the end DS Peter Jakes departs.

(warning, this review will contain spoilers)

Jags out of ten:


This was the last episode scored by Barrington Pheloung.

(Due to copyright and cost the modern music on the DVD’s and on broadcast outside the UK is different).


Morse has moved into his new flat and is listening to music. He is listening to La Wayy, Act I: Ebben? Ne andro lontana. Translated it means ‘Well then, I’m going far away.’ Jakes later in the episode says he is ‘about to go far away, to a new life in the USA.’


At around the 28 minute mark, Mike and Verity park hillside as they talk about the future. The song playing on the radio is For What It’s Worth by BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD.


After searching the Richardson’ home he finds Mrs Richardson making herself a drink with the song, Misirlou by MARTIN DENNY playing.


At around one hour and 26 minutes, Endeavour is at home.

He is listening to Nocturne, Cis-Moll, Op. 27, No. 1: Larghetto by Frédéric Chopin .


Come in peace and friendship. Enter freely with a loving heart, and leave behind some of the happiness you bring.” These are the words of Ayesha when she first meets Endeavour. She is paraphrasing Count Dracula from Bram Stoker‘s novel, “Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring.”


‘Hallward’, the name of the dead artist, is the name of the artist who paints the picture of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde‘s novel.


Gideon welcomes Endeavour and Thursday to “House Beautiful.” House Beautiful is from Pilgrim’s progress by John Bunyan. The House Beautiful was built by the Lord of the hill. It housed four maids: Discretion, Prudence, Piety and Charity. Of course many of the afore mentioned names are used by the Quakers and Endeavour’s mother was a Quaker.


At around the 12 minute mark, Gideon says, “Consider the lilies of the field.” From the Bible, Matthew 6:25-34,Luke 12:22-32. “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


At the end of the episode Endeavour and Thursday return to the commune to find the building and surrounding area empty, the people having fled. Thursday wonders what they will do, go back to the nine to five? Endeavour quotes from Paradise Lost by Milton,

The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way.


The episode opens with an artist, Simon Hallward, at the beginning of creating an abstract painting.



Within 20 seconds we see an image of Richardsons. The location used was Charter Place shopping centre in Watford. The shop front was actually Mary Rose Toy Shop which had been closed for sometime. It has since been demolished.

You can see the Mary Rose Toyshop in the background of the photo below.


Next we see the Richardson’s home.

This is Shrub’s Wood, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.


At around the one minute mark we see the two black students standing at a (fictitious) bus stop. They are then chased by a group of students.

This is Holywell Street, Oxford.


She collapses on Holywell Street around the one minute mark.

She collapses outside number 59.

This entrance has a connection to the Lewis series. See connections section below for more information.


Annette Richardson visits Ivor Maddox at his home for a party. Unidentified.


At around five minutes the police investigate the fire that killed the artist. Endeavour arrives at the scene.

Thank you to François for locating this location. It is Upper Fisher Road, Oxford.

It looks like they used number four.


The Oxford Police Station.

This is actually Southgate Town Hall, 6 Palmerston Cres, Palmers Green, London N13 4UA.


At around the 10 minute mark, Thursday and Endeavour visit the commune led by Gideon Finn.

Thank you to François for locating this location. It is Braziers Park House, Ipsden, Wallingford OX10 6AN.

Thank you to John Burling for the following photos of the above location.

A subscriber informed me that Ian Fleming lived in this house as a young child.


Thursday’s house.

The address is 10 Ramsey Road, Headington.


Jakes and Thursday wait in the car as Endeavour gets ready to take the money to the kidnapper.

The car is parked in Magpie Lane.


Endeavour waits for the call from the kidnappers.

This is Merton Street. The phone box is a prop.


Endeavour is running with the bag after the first set of instructions, ‘Phone box on New College Lane.’

Endeavour is running down Merton Street.


We cut to Thursday and Jakes in the car.

They turn out of Oriel Square into Merton Street.


We next see Endeavour running down New College Lane.


Endeavour reaches the next phone box.


Though the ‘kidnapper’ said that the box was on New College Lane, it isn’t. Here we see Endeavour running out of Brasenose Lane into Radcliffe Square.

The box is on Radcliffe Square.


After his second set of instructions Endeavour ends up here.

This is Merton Field with a prop bench.


So, here is the route that Endeavour took.

The car is seen in the places marked on the map below.


At around one hour and five minutes we see Endeavour walking with Marion Brook.

This is Grove Walk which connects Merton Street to Merton Field. Grove Walk runs between Corpus Christi College and Merton College.


Endeavour, Morse and Thursday are listening to the chimes of a clock at around the one hour and ten minute mark at House Beautiful.


At around one hour and 14 minutes Endeavour is walking with Cuthbert Mukamba.

We can see Merton College in the background. They are walking between Merton Field and Broad Walk.


Jakes meets Endeavour after having seen him out of the window of the pub.

This is outside the Lamb and Flag pub on St Giles, Oxford. The phone box is a prop.


At the one hour and 26 minute mark we see Jakes and his partner, Hope alight on to a bus.

The bus is driving down Broad Street.

In the background one can see the Sheldonian Theatre.


At around the eight minute mark, Endeavour, Thursday and Jakes are in a pub. It’s the Royal Standard of England pub, Forty Green, Buckinghamshire. It’s the same pub when Endeavour rushes in to warn Thursday about the bloater paste.

I believe the same pub is used when Endeavour meets Frazil and at the end of the episode.


Actors who appeared in ARCADIA and/or Morse or Lewis.

First up we have the excellent Richard Dillane.

leo richardson. arcadia

Richard Dillane as Leo Richardson in the episode, Arcadia.

Richard not only played an unlikeable character in the Endeavour episode but also played another one in the Lewis episode, Whom the Gods Would Destroy, (Series 1, Episode 1).

theodore platt. lewis. whom the gods would destroy.

Richard Dillane as Theodore Platt in the Lewis episode, Whom the Gods Would Destroy.

Richard has also turned up in some of my favourite shows over the years, Cold FeetWaking the DeadDr. Who and the excellent Wolf Hall.

Secondly, we have Joanna Roth who played Prudence Maddox in the Endeavour episode.

prudence maddox. arcadia

Joanna Roth as Prudence Maddox.

Joanna also turned up in the Lewis episode, Falling Darkness, (Series 4, Episode 4).


Joanna Roth as Christine Hawkins in the Lewis episode Falling Darkness.

There are three other actors who have turned up in this episode and also Lewis. However, they are all extras so are difficult to pinpoint within an episode.

The first of these extras is Martin Mayger who was easier to locate as he has a picture on IMDB and has a rather distinctive face.

martin mayger extra arcadia

Martin Mayger is the man wearing the hat on the right.

Martin has appeared in no less than three Lewis episodes;

The Ramblin’ Boy (Series 7, Episode 2) as a university lecturer and a passerby.

The Indelible Stain (Series 6, Episode 4) as a passerby.

The Soul of Genius (Series 6, Episode 1) as a gardener.

Another extra who has appeared in two Lewis episodes is Charlotte Mellish. In the Endeavour episode she was a character called Annie but I couldn’t pinpoint her. In Lewis she appeared in;

What Lies Tangled (Series 9, Episode 3) as an Oxford student and a cafe waitress.

Magnum Opus (Series 9, Episode 2) as the same as above.

The last extra who also appeared in a Lewis episode is Janette Sharp. In the Endeavour episode she was a shop customer and in the Lewis episode What Lies Tangled she was a Police Officer.

If any of the above extras should read this please feel free to send in a photo and I will gladly add it to this post.


She collapses outside number 59 Holywell Street.

Number 59 was the home of Scarlett Mortmaigne from the Lewis episode, The Dead of Winter.


When Trewlove visits Thursday, Jakes, and Endeavour in the pub at around the eight minute mark, she says, “He was in there last night shortly after seven, on his usual Radfords. Radfords was the name of the brewery in the Morse episode, The Sins of the Fathers.


In the same conversation with Endeavour outside the burnt out house, Trewlove says, “There’s some talk that he might have been at Beaufort.” This will be a reference to the fictional college of Beaufort. Beaufort College is the fictional college that Copley Barnes is Master in the Morse episode, The Infernal Serpent. Beaufort was also the name of a fictional college in the Trove episode of Endeavour. That episode featured, Copley Barnes.


At around 10 minues, Gideon welcome Thursday and Endeavour to “House Beautiful.” House Beautiful is mentioned in “Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things”, an episode of “Lewis” . Russell Lewis was the writer of of the Lewis episode.


Simon Hallward’s studio is reminiscent of Harry Field’s studio in the Morse episode, Who Killed Harry Field? But, with less talent on show. 😉😁


At around 26 minutes Jakes is explaining to Endeavour about his resignation and his girlfriend being pregnant. He mentions that she, “She’s been doing a, er… what d’you call it, a doctorate, is it? At Lady Matilda’s.” Lady Matilda’s College is mentioned in the Lewis episode, Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things. No coincidence the Lewis episode was written by Russell Lewis. Lady Matilda’s is also mentioned in the Endeavour episode, Zenana.


In the same conversation above, Jakes mentions that, “We’re, er, we’re having a few drinks at the Flag.” Jakes is referring the the Lamb and Flag pub on St Giles, Oxford.


Marion Brooke is a character whose name many, many Morse fans will recognize as she appeared in a Morse episode that is consistently placed in people’s top five favourite episodes; Masonic Mysteries, (Series 4, Episode 4).

diane fletcher

Diane Fletcher as Marion Brooke in the Morse episode, Masonic Mysteries.

Diane Fletcher who played the older Marion turned up in the Endeavour episode, Nocturne, (Series 2, Episode 2).

Diane fletcher as bronwen symes in Endeavour episode Nocturne

The young Marion works for Amnox and when we meet her in the Morse episode she still does. Amnox is of course a not so subtle nod to the charity organization OXFAM. Oxfam was originally founded at 17 Broad Street in Oxford, Oxfordshire, in 1942 as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief by a group of Quakers, (there’s those Quakers again) social activists, and Oxford academics; this is now Oxfam Great Britain, still based in Oxford.

marion brooke

Elisabeth Hopper as Marion Brooke


In the final scene of the episode Endeavour relates to Thursday That he is he’s glad “Any man finds a measure of happiness, it’s got to be a good thing. The start he had, if anyone deserved it…” This is a reference to Jakes time in the notorious home for boys Blenheim Vale. This was mentioned in the Endeavour episode, Neverland.


At around four minutes, Endeavour tells the daughter of the Richardsons, who were arrested but not charged with drink driving, that, “another month and the new Road
Safety Act comes into law.” This relates to the landmark Road Safety Act 1967 made it an offence to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of over 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – a limit which remains in place to this day.


Max says to Endeavour while in the burnt out room, “Runners and riders, once I’ve completed the post-mortem.” This is a reference to horse racing.


The artist’s landlady was called Mrs Cravat. This is a reference to the funny Tony Hancock film, ‘The Rebel’. The film was about Tony Hancock’s character trying to become an artist. His landlady was Mrs Cravatt played by the great British character actor, Irene Handl.


Thursday tells Bright that the students who throw the black chap in the river have been, ‘gated.’ Gating is a type of punishment similar to a detention used typically at educational institutions, especially boarding schools. Precisely what a gating consists of and the rules surrounding it will vary between institutions, but the common element is that someone who has been gated is not permitted to leave the establishment.


When Trewlove is discussing the deceased artist to Endeavour she says, “Out at his studio in the day, in the Turf most nights.” The ‘Turf’ is a reference to the Turf Tavern pub.


In the same conversation as above, Trewlove says, “Last person to see him from here was a Miss Treadwell. Ground floor flat.” It may be a reference to the character of Miss Treadwell in the classic British show, Upstairs, Downstairs. Miss Treadwell was the children’s governess. In the same episode, a man named Bert draws chalk pictures on the pavement to entertain passers-by.


The episode has many references to the Dustin Hoffman film, The Graduate. The attempted seduction by Annette Richardson of Endeavour; The ending with Jakes and his partner at the back of the bus; the similarity between the Maddox and Richardsons and the Braddocks and the Robinsons.


Amnox, the charity where Marion Brooks works is an obvious reference to Amnesty International and Oxfam who both came to prominence in the 1960s.


Thursday asks his family who took the Savoy Truffle from the chocolate box. It’s an odd reference if it relates to the Beatle’s song as that song wasn’t released until 1968 and this episode is set in 1967.


At several intervals throughout the episode Barrington incorporates the Morse and Lewis theme.


While Endeavour and Thursday drive away from House beautiful, Thursday says, “Two weeks in the glasshouse and a scrub down with carbolic wouldn’t put right.” A glasshouse, or the glasshouse is a military prison in the United Kingdom.


In the mortuary Max says to Endeavour, “The Last of the Red Hot Livers.” I believed that this must be a reference to the Neil Simon play, Last of the Red Hot Lovers. But that was first produced in 1969. However, in an interview Russel Lewis said, “Max was invoking Sophie Tucker – widely known as ‘The last of the red hot mamas’ – swapping out ‘mamas’ for ‘livers’ to reflect the state of deceased’s cirrhotic organ. The joke, such as it is, works for a modern audience for its being – unintentionally on Max’s part – but a letter away from Mr.Simon’s play. That said, as a phrase, ‘the last of the red hot… <insert your choice here>’ certainly had some currency prior to the play.”


Green Shield Stamps was a British sales promotion scheme that rewarded shoppers with stamps that could be used to buy gifts from a catalogue or from any affiliated retailer. The scheme was introduced in 1958 by Richard Tompkins, who had noticed the success of the long-established Sperry & Hutchinson Green Stamps in America.


Endeavour moves into his new flat.

I created a video of my search for this location. Watch my video by clicking HERE. The address of Endeavour’s new flat is 14 Wellington Square for those who don’t wish to watch the video.


At 19 minutes we get to see Endeavour’s mother for, i believe, the very first time. Endeavour opens an envelope with his mother’s death certificate and a photograph of her and Endeavour as a young boy.

morse's mother. arcadia (1)

From the certificate we can see that his mother died on 17th May 1950 at home in bed.

morse's mother. arcadia (2)

A very poignant moment in the episode. I’m assuming he retrieved the envelope after his father died.


Win Thursday hands Fred his sandwiches at around the 21 minute mark. She says, “Richardsons were out of your usual, so it’ll have to be bloater paste.” Bloater Paste is a fish spread made from salted, smoked herrings called “bloaters”, which are smoked whole with the insides still in them.


After the kidnapping of Verity Richardson, Max is examining the room and finds some Tranquillisers. Max examines the label of the pill bottle and says, “Dr Amthor. Doesn’t ring a bell, I’m afraid.” This is a reference to Raymond Chandler’s novel ‘Farewell My Lovely.’ Dr. Amthor, runs a sinister clinic in which Philip Marlowe is imprisoned.

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One of the main events of the episode was the appearance of a new police officer in the shape of WPC Shirley Trewlove played by  Dakota Blue Richards.


I’m still not sure if this character was brought in for the right reasons i.e. as simply an attractive young female amongst a bunch of men to try and attract a younger male audience. Maybe it’s the cynic in me speaking. But maybe she is to be a love interest for Endeavour or is it that she has a resemblance to Susan/Wendy, Endeavour’s one and only true love?

wendy or susan

This was the Susan/Wendy we saw in the pilot episode of Endeavour. Of course we can’t see her face but from behind she could pass for Wendy/Susan. Maybe in series 4 Trewlove will let her hair down, literally and possibly figuratively, and Endeavour will see her from behind and think he is looking at Susan/Wendy. Well that’s my imagination exhausted.


At the end of the episode we see DS Peter Jakes opening an envelope which contains a gift from Endeavour, Premium Bonds.


I’m not sure that in the USA these would be legal as many states have strict gaming and lottery laws which mean that it may not be possible or practical to hold Premium Bonds while in the US. NS&I Premium Bonds are a savings account you can put money into (and take out when you want), where the interest paid is decided by a monthly prize draw. You buy £1 bonds and each has an equal chance of winning, so the more you buy, the more your chances improve.


In this episode Endeavour gets all Dirty Harry, (Clint Eastwood film). A blackmailer demands money and Morse is the officer who will ‘make the drop’. His first task is to wait for a call at a  telephone box for further instructions. Those instructions send Endeavour to another telephone box. These scenes are reminiscent of scenes in the film Dirty Harry where the blackmailer has Harry wait at a phone box for further instructions. Not only is the scenario the same but Endeavour is even dressed like Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry.

the dirty harry look

Shaun Evans is Dirty Harry. (Jakes better look out because most of Harry’s colleagues get killed)

dirty harry

Clint Eastwood is Endeavour Morse. Well Professor do you feel lucky?


While the Richardsons wait with Bright for word on their daughter he says, “My men are doing all that can be done. Try to take what comfort you can from that. Believe me, I do apprehend something of your anxiety.”

As we find out in a much later episode, Bright had lost his daughter.


At around the 49 minute mark, Endeavour tells Jakes that Simon Hallward (the dead artist) was “a member of the Oxford Trogs. Spelunkers. Cavers.” I can only assume that the term ‘Trogs’ is a abbreviation of the word ‘Troglodyte.’ Troglodyte is a member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves or holes. It can refer to anyone or anything that lives underground. ‘Spelunkers’ are those who make a hobby of exploring and studying caves.


The Quaker theme through the episode becomes front and centre when Endeavour visits the Friends House to meet Mrs Maddox. He tells her, “It’s not my first time in a meeting house, Mrs Maddox. I know what is and isn’t welcome. I was raised in Quakerism.” Endeavour’s mother was a Quaker. A ‘Friends House’ is a reference to a Quaker Meeting house which is a  meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


Near the end we learn that Jakes soon to be wife is called, Hope. This name is another often used by Quakers. Another connection to Endeavour’s past.


At around the one hour and eleven minute mark we are in the police station with Thursday, Endeavour, Jakes and Bright.

Thursday says, “Before he set up in the “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam” business, he gave art lessons.” ‘Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam’ is an old religious song.


The end scene is interesting apart from Endeavour believing that Jakes deserved happiness due to the problems he had as a child.

It’s interesting because as Endeavour runs to the car, Thursday looks at him as if to say, ‘you also deserve happiness due to the start you had in your life.’


It’s mentioned that Verity attended Blythe Mount. That is the school that appears in the episode, Nocturne.


First death, Miss Lorraine Figgis.

Murdered by the artist Simon Hallward, Verity Richardson and Ayesha. Poisoned with arsenic.


Second death, Simon Hallward.

Murdered by Ayesha. Explosion caused by teasmaid.

Photos from the Arcadia filming. Copyright, The Oxford Mail.


Chris Larkin as Ivor Maddox


Genevieve O’Reilly as Annette Richardson


Charles Babalola as Cuthbert Mukamba


Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks


Richard Dillane as Leo Richardson


Amelia Clarkson as  Ayesha


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Joanna Roth as Prudence Maddox


Tom York as Mike Maddox


Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday


Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday


Jack Bannon as Sam Thursday


Shaun Evans as DC Endeavour Morse


Gala Gordon as Verity Richardson


Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove


Sean Rigby as Sergeant Jim Strange


James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn


Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright


Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes


Max Bennett as Gideon Finn

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

20 thoughts

  1. I imagine there are quite a few people who first heard the aria from LA WALLY in the splendid film DIVA. As always, a fantabulosa review, Kit.

  2. Chris, enjoyed your review especially the end which made me laugh. I have only seen the Prey episode once as I can not bring myself to watch it again, it’s just so awful.
    I did think the scene of the university boys chasing the black men was to introduce Verity’s boyfriend into the story. All in all, not one of my favorite episodes at all and I agree with the weaknesses you point out in the plot. I also wish Jakes had stayed in the series because he played his character so well and I enjoyed watching him in all the scenes he was in.

  3. Thank you for the review, Chris. The conclusion had me in stitches.

    A note on the “Savoy Truffle” reference. In “I-Me-Mine,” George Harrison explains that the song was inspired by one of the many flavors of the “Good News” box of chocolates.

  4. Is the “Unidentified House” used as the Gideon Finn commune compound Braziers Park in Oxfordshire? If this is Braziers Park, Oxfordshire then Ian Fleming lived in this house as a young child

    1. Hello. Yes, a friend pointed out the location to me recently. It is Braziers Park. Interesting regarding Ian Fleming. Thank you.

  5. Hello there. Why do Morse and Monica behave as though they have never met before? No shyness or embarrassment, just utter strangers!
    Not my favourite episode but it’s great to witness Morse and Jakes being friendlier.

    I lived in Oxford as a teenager about fifty years ago, and love watching Endeavour, as well as Lewis. (Never enjoyed Morse, sadly for me!)

    1. Hi Cailín. For many Endeavour fans it was an annoyance the way in which the series writer, Russell Lewis, ending Endeavour and Monica’s relationship so abruptly.

      1. Having missed the whole thing the first time I’m watching from the beginning, and agree with Cailin about this odd little moment. Presumably Endeavour ditched Monica between episodes, off-screen. He seemed a bit off with her in the previous episode when she’s darning his socks.

  6. Hello, just re-watched this, and I’m intrigued. After around 83 minutes, as Thursday enters the dining room at House Beautiful, is that David Blunkett seated at the table next to the lady with the pink headband and the little girl?

  7. In the interior shots of the Richardson’s house, many of the paintings and prints look to be by Bert Irvin, although I suspect from 15-20 years later than the episode is set. I’m pretty sure I also saw a painting by, or in the style of, Mark Rothko at one point.

  8. Apologies. Late to the party on these notes, but a few things:
    – Chris, if I may, your synopsis and rating don’t flesh out *why* it only merited 5 “Jags” out of a possible 10 – what you liked, what you didn’t. I value those takes you offer.
    – I couldn’t agree more about Richard Dillane, whom I think I may have first seen either in “Arcadia” or in a recurring role in “DCI Banks” at about the same time. Frankly, everything I’ve seen him in he puts in a commanding performance.
    – Great observations about “The Graduate!” I hadn’t thought of that bus scene’s similarity until you pointed it out. I was glad that Jakes’ exit was on a happy note, as he was about as suspect or unlikable as Ronnie Box or Jago would be by series 6 in some of his earlier interactions with Morse.
    – I liked Shirley an awful lot and don’t know or care why she was brought on. Bright’s near giddiness over her early on becomes so sweet by the time he extends such compassion for her (*spoiler alert*) loss of a loved one by the time she leaves in series 5.
    – I haven’t gone back to watch this episode in some time, but by the photo of Sam holding the cereal box, this was the episode, was it not, where Fred Thursday asks him if he’s lost or looking for something ands he replies “Thunderbird 2!” (presumably a cereal prize toy version) to which Fred responds “Bit of a tight fit, I’d think.” As a first generation stateside “Thunderbirds” fan from way back (my 23-yr old son is a second generation fan – I raised him right!), I remember thinking during this episode how cool it would have been to be a British kid who had the opportunity to get “Thunderbirds” toys in a cereal box at that time. Of course, the season six episode “Apollo” would become a loving homage to the Supermarionation genre, which always made me smile!

    That’s all. Thanks for all you do and have done on all of these series and episodes.

    1. Hello and thank you your input. I believe I made quite clear in my video review of why this episode only warranted five stars. The reasons I mentioned in my video review were the following; This episode is convoluted, with too many red herrings and too many plotlines that don’t make sense and false leads that just fizzle out. Let’s start with the finding of the arsenic, broken glass and bloater paste at the artist’s studio by Endeavour. Why did Endeavour not phone the pub to warn Thursday? Why would it make sense to drive to the pub to warn Thursday? Russell was trying to create tension and it didn’t. Without any clues, Endeavour and Jakes find Verity bound and gagged in un underground cavern. How long was Verity willing to stay there before being found? How did Verity and Alicia know that the police would find the cavern. It’s insulting, it’s lazy, it’s poor writing. Russell was relying too much on the goodwill and he’d built up with the Endeavour audience and the love of the characters in the series. Continuing from the finding of the cavern. Endeavour finds a cable running from the cavern to a battery a few metres away. Why was the cave not cordoned off? There had been an explosion. There was no police officer guarding the entrance. Why were the bomb squad not there investigating the cavern? Was there even an investigation of the explosion? If there was why did no one find the cable running to the battery? It would seem not.
      I repeat what I wrote above, bad and lazy writing. Continuity is also a problem. Suddenly, Endeavour and Jakes are good friends. They were not friendly up until this episode. There is also the lack of continuity regarding the character Monica Hicks. Her and Endeavour were in a serious relationship. They talked of running off together and starting a new life. But in this episode Endeavour acts like he barely knows her. This episode is saved by the excellent acting, cinematography, lighting, editing, music, wardrobe and there are a few good stand-out scenes. But all that is not enough to forget that this is a poor writing, unforgiveable, unfocussed elements of the episode. I hope this helps.

      1. Yes! By the time Morse had gone to the pub, Fred could have eaten the dreaded sarnies! Lucky for us he didn’t!

  9. I owe you the sincerest apology! In my quick scrolling (I shouldn’t visit this site on a mobile device), I missed the video! Again, very sorry. Your points are all valid. I do remember thinking this wasn’t one of the better episodes, and in fact, I think I saw this episode out of order with the earlier episodes that included Morse’s relationship with Monica and being confused why they were so ill at ease. Thanks for your patience with me, Chris.

    1. Hi. Not a problem Colonel, no apology necessary. It did cross my mind that you had missed the video but I didn’t want to challenge you about that as it may have come across as insulting to do so. Looking forward to your next comment.

  10. Very sad to see Jakes leave, he was such a strong character. I don’t know if the actor wanted out, or whether it was always intended for him to leave.

    I’d always found the finding of Verity all too convenient. Not only was it fortituous that they even bothered to go into the tunnels, but how on earth did they even end up there. It seems like pure luck that Morse put something in the bags for the dogs to get the scent, so if for some reason the dogs hadn’t been able to pick up the scent, then they might not have even gone anywhere near there.

    The other thing was stealing the baby, may be I missed it, but never saw why this happened, considering that the reason for killing the artist was because he was going too far.

  11. I’ve been following your wonderful blog posts on “Endeavour” for a few years now and thought I’d jump in and add something I noticed while perusing through some of the pics you’ve shared. In the previous post which is in reference to the episode titled, “Ride” you made mention of Endeavour’s winning of a stuffed tiger and that the tiger was a foreshadowing of the upcoming episode, “Prey”. I may be mistaken, especially since my eyesight is not as clear as it once was, but if you look inside the bus that Jakes and his bride-to-be are riding in in this episode aren’t there on the tops of the seats imprinted images of a tiger in flight?

  12. I really liked the awkwardness in the Morse / Hicks scene. I’ve been there- bumping in to your ex for the first time in nearly a year. All of Hicks’ resentment and anger and Endeavour still having feelings for her.

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